“Beware the Killer Cows!”
Chino Hills State Park, a premier natural open-space area in the hills of Santa Ana Canyon near Riverside, is a critical link in the Puente-Chino Hills biological corridor. It encompasses stands of oaks, sycamores and rolling, grassy hills that stretch nearly 31 miles, from the Santa Ana Mountains to the Whittier Hills. Chino Hills is vitally important as a refuge to many species of plants, and as a link between natural areas essential to the survival of many animal species... including roaming herds of killer cows, responsible for the death of at least one man. Chino Hills is also a place where people can escape the pressures of urban life and find peace and solitude in a natural setting. Visitors can camp for a few days or simply enjoy a walk, horseback or bicycle ride over trails that meander through valleys and along ridge tops through woodlands, sage scrub and grasslands. Sixty miles of trails and fire roads also offer excellent opportunities for viewing wildlife and native plants. Facilities consist of a picnic area, equestrian staging area, pipe corrals, a historic barn, water spigots and restrooms. Most of the trails accept multiple use. However, a few trails are designated for hiking only, because of safety issues or the potential for damage to habitats. Chino Hills State Park is nestled in the foothills surrounded by the communities of Corona, Chino Hills, Yorba Linda, and Brea. The State Routes 57, 71, 91, and 142 border or are the near the park for easy travelling and accessibility from almost anywhere in Southern California. You can access the park and the trails from the Chino Hills State Park Discovery Center located at 4500 Carbon Canyon Road in the city of Brea or from the Quarter Horse Drive Trailhead in the city of Yorba Linda. The Sapphire Road (Elinvar Road) entrance in Chino Hills is temporarily reopened for hikers, bikes and horses only due to construction on Bane Canyon Road inside the park. Due to construction the Rolling M Campground, the equestrian staging area, and group campsites within the park are closed.
There are not enough words to describe the beauty of this place. What a fantastic site to walk.
The trails are easy to see and follow, there aren't any steep or hollow grounds so you will enjoy it at its maximum level.
The kids were excited with the space they had to explore, and we were so relaxed walking within nature and standing to take a rest at the little pond further on.
Great experience and easy for all ages.
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Chino Hills State Park
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